Yesterday

I had the day off yesterday, and I was busy! To start off I made soufflés. The recipe is from Joy of Cooking – I added bacon and lots of cheese.

souffle

My knitting friend came over and we drank tea and watched The Crown (on Netflix) as we knit. The Crown is about Queen Elizabeth’s rise to the throne. It is full of angst and drama and (of course) lovely British accents.

Yesterday was a day for sock knitting. I started these worsted weight Rye socks on Monday, and I was determined to finish the first one. The Lord of the Rings was my movie of choice to knit to.

As the day went on I wanted to get one more thing done: baking bagels. I pulled out my trusty Joy of Cooking again and mixed up the dough. Bagels are not as hard to make as you might imagine. Tadah! Homemade bagels are the best!

bagels

All in all it was a profitable, but enjoyable day.

 

Finding Joy in Cooking

I am an intermediate cook. I can make food that isn’t awful. But at the same time I rarely make food that is wonderful. A few weeks ago I finally reached my breaking point. I was tired of making food that just didn’t turn out the way I hoped it would. I wanted tried and true recipes that would tell me what to do and how to do it so I could turn out culinary masterpieces. Or at least something that would leave me with fewer meals that turned out…awful. Enter the Joy of Cooking, the book that is changing my life.

joy

The first thing I noticed about the book is that it is thick. The pages are crammed with recipes as diverse as Beef Wellington, Lentil Stew, and Scotch Eggs. It clearly delineates the steps to make meals. It talks about menu planning and the best way to prep ingredients. If you are a beginning cook, you can learn from this book how to make just about anything. If you are an experienced cook, this book will suggest new recipes to help you break out of your routine.

Basically, buy this book. Make food. Be happy.

dinner
Chicken Piccata, Spaetzle sauteed in butter, Roasted scored Zucchini